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Ballina mayor vies for second term ‘leading the rebuild’

Ballina Shire’s mayoral race this September looks to be a competition between two women, one progressive, the other conservative, after both candidates announced campaigns last week.

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Policy ambition, age and conservatives 

The sad state of conservative politics has again dominated the world stage this week, with the Tory wipeout in the UK, and a chaotic result in the French elections, reducing President Macron’s Centralist Alliance to 168 seats in the 577-seat parliament. 

Power from the barrel of a gun

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's immediate reaction to the assassination attempt on US presidential candidate Donald Trump was that there was 'no place for violence in the democratic process', but this is the latest in a very long line of incidents which prove otherwise.

Renewables/Wallum

Edward Kent’s letter, Wallum (June 26), tried to diminish the importance of the Save Wallum campaign to mere ‘piffle’,...

Dive head first into some 2024’s biggest books at the Byron Writers Festival

With the festival just over a month away, here’s a taste of some of the biggest and most compelling books in the Byron Writers Festival 2024 program.

Two in hospital, including officer, after perilous arrest

A Northern Rivers man wanted for arrest and an officer trying to arrest him are both in hospital after a disastrous encounter in the early hours of the morning.

Man assaulted – Tweed Heads South

Police have commenced an investigation following an assault at a Tweed Heads shopping centre yesterday afternoon.

Stories about "light rail":

Light rail study for Tweed

A $1m study into the possibility of a light rail connection between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta has been announced by the NSW Liberal-Nationals government.

Govt exploring light rail options for Tweed

The NSW Government is considering spending half a billion dollars to extend the Gold Coast light rail service 4.5km from Coolangatta to the Tweed City shopping mall.

Light rail the solution to Bluesfest transport woes

Peter Finch, Byron Bay. Hundreds of Bluesfest patrons were left stranded at Tyagarah Fields on Friday when the last buses left more than an hour before the entertainment finished.

Byron shuttle rail will have impact

Steve Russell, Byron Bay. The 'proposed' (pretty much fait accompli) 'light rail' (stinky old diesel) shuttle service to carry passengers between Elements eco-resort and Lawson Street will include a long and loud horn sounding at the uncontrolled Border Street level crossing four times every hour between 8am and 10pm.

The case for saving rail from trails

Following from last week’s article where rail trail advocate Geoff Meers espoused the benefits of rail trails, Byron councillor and Trains On Our Tracks spokesperson Basil Cameron puts forward the case for rail’s return.

Meeting to consider light rail proposal

Queenslander Peter Finch is hoping to be able to cut through the battle between locals who want to see trains back on our tracks and those who would rather have a rail trail.

Tweed boating trip turns fatal

A boating venture on the Tweed River ended in tragedy on Saturday when the vessel capsized and a passenger died.

Two in hospital, including officer, after perilous arrest

A Northern Rivers man wanted for arrest and an officer trying to arrest him are both in hospital after a disastrous encounter in the early hours of the morning.

Federal Labor funds Mullum hospital site masterplan  

A $263,000 federal grant has been awarded to Byron Shire Council for a masterplan and development strategy for the former Mullumbimby Hospital site.

Paddle-out for innovative shaper, Geoff McCoy

There are shapers and there are shapers.  Geoff McCoy was our local eminent, and world-recognised, master surfboard shaper. I call this gaggle of exclusive surfboard...